Artist Services

The Berks Arts Council provides notice of calls for artists and other artist opportunities in Berks Counnty and beyond, as well as hosts its own juried shows.

Bandshell Concert Series

The Bandshell Concert Series showcases diverse genres of music, such as big band, oldies, blues, folk, polka, Celtic, rock, reggae, and jazz. These concerts, held Friday's in July in Reading's City Park, bring thousands of music lovers to the park's Bandshell - and every show is free.

Berks Jazz Fest

Held annually in Spring, the Berks Jazz Fest draws 40,000 fans from across the globe. The 10-day festival is renowned as the largest and most diverse on the East Coast, with over 130 concerts featuring a whos-who of jazz and blues headliners.

Reading Blues Fest

Founded in 2017, Reading Blues Fest is a weekend celebrating the best contemporary and traditional blues musicians of our time

Pagoda Awards

Individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts in Greater Reading are eligible for this prestigious honor. Awards are given in three categories: Community Leadership and Commitment to the Arts, Patron of the Arts, and Excellence in the Arts.

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts

Berks Arts Council is one of 13 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) organizations overseen by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Every years, Berks Arts Council convenes artist panels to evaluates grant requests for arts projects, individual artists, and on-going programs. Cash grants of up to $3,000 are awarded annually to organizations conducting arts projects occurring from September 1 to August 31 in Berks, Lancaster, and Schuylkill counties.


Updated 6.18

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